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Cain Velasquez-Fabricio Werdum rematch added to Ronda Rousey's UFC 207 card

Cain Velasquez-Fabricio Werdum rematch added to Ronda Rousey's UFC 207 card
Cain Velasquez celebrates after defeating Travis Browne in their heavyweight bout at UFC 200 on July 9 in Las Vegas. (John Locher / Associated Press)

Heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic’s interest in taking some extra time off has resulted in the UFC placing a rematch of Cain Velasquez-Fabricio Werdum onto the Dec. 30 UFC 207 card.

The organization announced Thursday that top-ranked heavyweight Velasquez, who appeared to have a title shot clinched when he defeated Travis Browne at UFC 200 in July, will instead again meet Brazil's Orange County trained Werdum.

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Last year, Werdum took advantage of Velasquez's conditioning problems in the high altitude of Mexico City and claimed the heavyweight title by third-round submission.

After losing his belt to Miocic earlier this year, Werdum rallied with a triumph over Browne on the undercard of Miocic's win over Alistair Overeem in Cleveland in September.

Before his first title defense, Miocic (16-2) said he was hopeful the UFC would give him the rest of the year off after his third fight of the year.

UFC 207 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas will be headlined by Ronda Rousey's return after a 13-month absence to fight women's bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes, and mixed martial arts reporter Ariel Helwani wrote Thursday that a men's bantamweight title fight between San Diego's champion Dominick Cruz and contender Cody Garbrandt could also land on the card.

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